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Fleetwood Mac started life as a blues band in 1967, when Peter Green recruited Mick Fleetwood and John McVie as his rhythm section. The band went through a large turnover of guitarists and vocalists, including Green, Jeremy Spencer, Danny Kirwan, and Bob Welch, as they transitioned from a blues band to a pop band, and relocated from the UK to California. John McVie’s wife Christine also joined on vocals and keyboards.

In 1974, Fleetwood was played an unsuccessful album from a duo named Buckingham Nicks while investigating a potential recording studio – he invited Lindsey Buckingham to join the band as guitarist. Buckingham insisted that his girlfriend Stevie Nicks was also included, forming Fleetwood Mac’s most successful lineup. The band peaked commercially with 1977’s mega-selling Rumours, and it’s the group’s artistic high point as well, with the emotional turmoil around the group fuelling great songs.

While Stevie Nicks was the identifiable star in the band, concurrently enjoying a successful solo career from 1981, Lindsey Buckingham’s studio expertise is the band’s key. His production skills add some grit and interest to the band’s material; for instance McVie’s ‘Hold Me’ is transformed from a straightforward blues song in its demo to a weird pop masterpiece in its finished version. Buckingham left the group after 1987’s Tango in the Night, but rejoined for 1997’s live The Dance. The group have since recorded a studio album (2003’s Say You Will) and an EP without Christine McVie, and McVie and Buckingham have recently collaborated on an a duo album.

I’ve only covered the Buckingham-era albums on this page – I have little interest in the early 1990’s albums without him, but I am interested in the pop-oriented albums leading up to 1975’s Fleetwood Mac, and might review them at some point. Buckingham’s solo career is also major enough for him to warrant his own page at some point.

Ten Favourite Fleetwood Mac Songs

Sara
Go Your Own Way
Hold Me
Gypsy
Second Hand News
You Make Loving Fun
Walk A Thin Line
Rhiannon
Gold Dust Woman
Little Lies

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  1. The last albums I listened to were ‘Bare Trees’ and ‘Kiln House’. I liked them both. The latter is a really cool record. It would be interesting what your take would be if and when you have a listen. The early blues stuff is where CB lays his hat.

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Buckingham Nicks 1973 Album

Buckingham Nicks – Buckingham Nicks

1973, 5.5/10. Buckingham Nicks feels like the work of an anonymous AM radio band rather than two future superstars.

Fleetwood Mac 1975 Album

Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac

1975, 8/10. Fleetwood Mac already have their signature sound in place on their first album with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

Fleetwood Mac Rumours

Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

1977, 10/10. Rumours is catchy and lushly produced, recorded at a time of emotional turmoil for Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac Tusk

Tusk – Fleetwood Mac

1979, 8.5/10. After two very tight and polished albums, the sprawling Tusk is much more experimental.

Fleetwood Mac Mirage

Mirage – Fleetwood Mac

1982, 7.5/10. Mirage isn’t as engaging as Fleetwood Mac’s best work, but there’s still plenty to enjoy.

Fleetwood Mac Tango in the Night

Tango in the Night – Fleetwood Mac

1987, 6.5/10. Tango in the Night is the last studio album from the Rumours lineup and they’re still churning out hits

Fleetwood Mac Say You Will

Say You Will – Fleetwood Mac

2003, 7/10. Say You Will is a very respectable late period album, but feels like Nicks and Buckingham solo albums spliced together.

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